Sourdough by Robin Sloan

Sourdough

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to ba...


Details Sourdough

TitleSourdough
ISBN9780374203108
Author
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
PublisherMCD Farrar, Straus and Giroux
LanguageEnglish
GenreFiction, Magical Realism, Contemporary, Food and Drink, Food, Adult
Rating

Reviews Sourdough

  • Regan
    1970-01-01
    Very charming
  • Larry H
    1970-01-01
    I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here. Well, now that we've gotten that out of the way...The above GIF probably clues you in on one of the reasons I requested this book from NetGalley the minute I saw it. (My obsessive love of carbs aside, I was a huge fan of Robin Sloan's last book, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore—see my original review—so that had something to do with it, too!)Lois Clary is a software engineer who moves her life from Michigan t...
  • karen
    1970-01-01
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!this is the same kind of breezy good fun as the author’s debut, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, but while that one was about computer-savvy booknerds having secret-society-based adventures in san francisco, this one is about computer-savvy FOODnerds having secret-society-based adventures in san francisco. so, totes different dynamic. that might sound like me having a go at sloane, but i’m not at all - i love books and i love...
  • PattyMacDotComma
    1970-01-01
    4.5★“She explained that a software sieve had scanned my résumé and flagged it as promising, and that she agreed with the computer’s assessment. Here’s a thing I believe about people my age: we are the children of Hogwarts, and more than anything, we just want to be sorted.”Like the author’s earlier Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, this book is a quirky bit of fantasy, science fiction, and fun, and I enjoyed it equally. Lois grew up...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    1970-01-01
    This book is about a woman baking bread and how this process transforms her and her life. I know, sounds simple, right?Well, if you have baked bread you know there's a lot more to it than just putting the ingredients together. First, you have to understand that there is something different about baking sourdough bread, you have to have a "starter". (image source)A "starter" is a fermented combination of yeast, good bacteria, bread and water. Ge...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    1970-01-01
    A sourdough starter opens the door to a mysterious underground world in near future San Francisco. Like most Sloan stories, this requires a healthy amount of suspending disbelief, but worth it. This was a very fun read, in fact I feel I should use the word "delightful." I want a spicy sandwich!Carb nerds.. malevolent bread... I feel like giggling again.Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy through Edelweiss.
  • Cindy (Thoughts From a Page) Burnett
    1970-01-01
    4.5 starsI absolutely loved this unique, beautiful, frequently hilarious, life-affirming book. I am a huge fan of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read Robin Sloan’s new work early; thankfully, Sourdough does not disappoint. Lois Clary works incredibly long hours at a robotics company in San Francisco and almost nightly orders takeout from two brothers who operate a nearby neighborhood restaurant. T...
  • Dorie
    1970-01-01
    Oh what a wonderful, funny, insightful, delightful and page turning read this book by Robin Sloan was! I had read Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour bookstore and had always hoped that it had found a wide audience. This book is even better!Our main character Lois has done everything right. She got a good degree from college, did a couple of summers of internships and was immediately offered a job where she lived in Michigan. Her father was a database worke...
  • Marchpane
    1970-01-01
    What a fun little diversion is Sourdough. Tis the very definition of a light-hearted, undemanding read and I enjoyed it a lot.Short chapters and a breezy, charming style make reading Sourdough pretty much effortless. Which seems fitting, since things are pretty effortless for our protagonist Lois too. Lois breezes along without hitting even the tiniest obstacle for the first three-quarters of the book. It's basically a wish fulfillment fantasy fo...
  • Greg Zimmerman
    1970-01-01
    Whaaaaat is this book? Not even robots can save a book about bread being exactly as interesting as you'd expect a book about bread to be.
  • Jackie
    1970-01-01
    Unique, quirky, fun, and really made me crave some bread! It was easy to devour this one (pun slightly intended) in a matter of days. Great choice, BOTM club!
  • Karen
    1970-01-01
    Robotics company engineer Lois’s life changes in an unimaginable way after being gifted with a prized sourdough starter by the owner of her favorite sandwich shop who was closing his business. She’s never cooked for herself let alone made a loaf of bread yet Lois makes it her mission to keep the sourdough alive and in short order, creates a sought after bread which even made my mouth water. Lois’s world opens up when she meets someone who i...
  • CMDH
    1970-01-01
    When your culture stops singing, you've lost touch.Lois Clary is young programmer working for General Dexterity in San Francisco. She soon finds her dream job at the robotics company is draining her physically and emotionally. The one thing saving her is a meal from a mysterious carry-out run by two mysterious brothers. One night the brothers show up at her door to say they must leave and give her sourdough bread culture they have used for her me...
  • Jenne
    1970-01-01
    I told my friend that I'd gotten an advance copy of this, and said "I'll probably read the whole thing in an afternoon and then feel vaguely angry about it" which is pretty much exactly what happened.I can't quite put my finger on why it made me vaguely angry, but I think it's because it's SO CLOSE to exactly the sort of book I would want to read, but isn't quiiiite to my taste. It's a little goofy. A singing sourdough starter? Must we? On the ot...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    I was extremely excited to pick up a copy of Sourdough at BookExpo a mere 3 days after hearing of its existence in the first place. I loved Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore because of its silliness, its adventure, and the tone of Robin Sloan's writing. Sourdough is similar in tone, but different in topic. Lois, a robotic arm programmer, is gifted with a mysterious sourdough starter, which seems to get more mysterious the longer she has it. It is h...
  • Maine Colonial
    1970-01-01
    Thanks to the publisher for providing an e-ARC of Sourdough via Netgalley.I rarely read a book all in one sitting and I rarely give a book five stars but, then, a book like Sourdough is rare. This is such a “Tell Me a Story” book; it grabbed me from the very first sentence and pulled me into its world.Alright, let’s back up for a minute and talk about what this is about. Yes, you’ve read the description, so you know it’s about Lois Clar...
  • Cynthia
    1970-01-01
    Come on. This book is about food and tech and San Francisco. What's not to love?! (Well, maybe the shout to Cole Valley at the end of the book. That neighborhood is supposed to stay secret..). Robin Sloan has this remarkable ability to write about real stuff and interweave made-up stuff but making it seem real. For example, the Lois Club is real. The Mazg aren't. Yes, I googled both. The description of the City as well as the tech and the food sc...
  • Nicole D.
    1970-01-01
    The Recipe 1 part Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore formula (bookstore/font = Farmer's Market/sourdough starter) 1 Evil corporation which wants to ruin food1/2 glutinous plot 1/4 overt message 3/4 ridiculous denouement 1/8 tsp technology 8 trite caricatures Mix together and foist on unsuspecting lovers of Mr. Penumbra, collect proceeds. This book was so bad I'm angry. Sloan's first book was cute and fun because it was a surprise - this book was th...
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    1. Don't read the blurb (or the reviews that are more book report than book review). Let the book tell you what it is about.2. The author has a real skill in world building. There is a magical feel to the places he creates that feels both futuristic and maybe possibly if we are lucky enough, it could be true right this moment; it feels simultaneously rooted in the realm of current science and fantastic (the fantasy variety of awesome) at the same...
  • Kevin
    1970-01-01
    Robin Sloan has written a couple of novels now and I've read them both because they both deal with subjects I very much love, his first was about a bookstore and books along with some tech. This book is about bread and baking and some tech along with a programmer who discovers she might be a lot more then a coder and also might enjoy her life more in the process.
  • Jess
    1970-01-01
    I wasn't sure if I'd like this book since I enjoyed Mr. Penumbra so much, but I was delighted by the fun world building this book brought to life. I also adore books about the Bay Area, and this one really did the area justice.
  • Lauren James
    1970-01-01
    I defy anyone to read this without going to make some toast. The perfect mix of science & magic to leave you dreaming of sentient bread. A book I wish I had written.
  • Kate
    1970-01-01
    This book is fun and quirky and a great read for the end of the summer before picking up some of the more serious books coming out this fall. For a relatively short book, I appreciated that the author jumped straight into the story with just the bare minimum of details about the protagonist, her job, and the not-so-far-off future she lives in. I found the concept of the music-loving almost sentient sourdough starter charming, and the robot arm wa...
  • Cassie-la
    1970-01-01
    ORIGINALLY POSTED: https://bibliomantics.com/2017/09/11/...Robin Sloan's new story claims to do for food what Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore did for books, and it definitely lives up to that promise. Dare I say it even surpasses it? Sourdough follows Lois, an overworked software engineer at a robotics company whose life is changed forever when she is gifted with a sourdough starter. Thanks to her seemingly impossible bread, which needs music ...
  • Brad
    1970-01-01
    You ever read a book and think, this author gets me and writes something that's just what I want to read? That's how I feel about Robin Sloan. I loved his previous book and his latest is equally fabulous. I just want to hang out with him!Sourdough is a love letter to yeast--and to finding your true passion in life (and loaf). A brilliant young computer programmer named Lois moves from Michigan to San Francisco for a fancy tech job. Looking to eat...
  • Drew
    1970-01-01
    The jacket copy is true: this book is a Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore for food. Or, well, mostly. Sloan writes a breezy, exciting, and fun romp through the tech industry, foodie culture, and the inevitable clash (or is it a pairing?) between them. If anything, I wish it had been longer: I wish the Marrow Fair had been stranger, darker, more mysterious and full of more intriguing things; I wish we'd learned more about the Mazg; I wish we'd spen...
  • Dan
    1970-01-01
    When your novels involve books and/or sourdough bread it's easy to get my attention, but keeping it is a bit harder. Sloan however did it again by giving us another adventurous romp of a novel.
  • Onceinabluemoon
    1970-01-01
    4.5 rounding up. A feel good, funny book for number one eaters! As a native northern Californian of course I have a weakness for the perfect sourdough. Been reading dreary books lately, this was a very comfortable fit for my mood, totally enjoyed it!
  • Text Publishing
    1970-01-01
    ‘Filled with crisp humor and weird but endearing characters... [A] delight, perfect for those who like a little magic with their meals.’Booklist starred review ‘Sourdough is the story we all secretly dream about.’Washington Post ‘A beautiful, small, sweet, quiet book. It knows as much about the strange extremes of food as Mr Penumbra did about the dark latitudes of the book community.’National Public Radio ‘Delightful... It’s...